Famous Deaths in 1953

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Jan 1 Hank Williams, country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Jan 4 Arthur Hoyt, actor (Gold Rush Gertie, Lost World), dies at 78
  • Jan 7 Osa Johnson, American explorer (b. 1894)
  • Jan 8 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 8 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • Jan 9 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 11 Ernst H Ridder Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 58
  • Jan 11 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Simeon Roncal, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 13 Paul Niggli, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • Jan 15 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 24 [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
  • Jan 26 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet/interpreter/linguist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • Jan 28 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • Jan 28 Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • Jan 30 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Feb 2 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • Feb 8 Cliff Clark, actor (Golden Hoofs, Kid Glove Killer), dies at 63
  • Feb 24 Karl R G von Rundstedt, Germ gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
  • Feb 25 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • Mar 1 Anton GO Ridder Van Rappard, painter/lithographer/etcher, dies
  • Mar 2 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

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Mar 3 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

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Mar 5 Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union (1941-53), dies at 73

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 5 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61
  • Mar 5 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • Mar 10 Charles Gordon Curtis, inventor of (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia, dies at 56
  • Mar 17 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 20 Graciliano Ramos, Brazilian author (Vidas Secas), dies at 60
  • Mar 22 James Anderson II, (Jo-Northern Exposure), dies
  • Mar 23 Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • Mar 24 Mary, [Victoria Mary] of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • Mar 24 Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • Mar 24 Mary, queen of Great-Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 85
  • Mar 26 Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27 Narciso Garay, composer, dies at 76

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Mar 28 Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), dies at 64

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Mar 30 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 2 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • Apr 4 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 11 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • Apr 14 Emmanuel K de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22 Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • May 4 Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic, dies at 60
  • May 4 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • May 7 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 11 Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • May 14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • May 16 Django Reinhardt, Belgian musician (b. 1910)
  • May 17 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • May 18 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 19 Damasco Berenguer y Fuste, Spanish gen/min of War, dies at 79
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • May 24 Cor Hermus, actor (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • May 28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson, American musician and actor (b. 1886)
  • Jun 5 Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60
  • Jun 5 Roland Young, actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • Jun 5 William Farnum, actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • Jun 8 Godfrey Tearle, actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Ugo Betti, dramatist, dies
  • Jun 10 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • Jun 17 Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76

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Jun 19 Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

BattleExecution

Jun 19 Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • Jun 20 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • Jun 25 Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • Jun 29 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Elsa Beskow, (Maartman), Swedish author (children's book), dies at 79
  • Jun 30 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • Jun 30 Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • Jul 1 Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
  • Jul 1 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
  • Jul 10 Sidney Homer, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 15 Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios (b.1882)
  • Jul 16 Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • Jul 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 17 Maude K Adams, US actress (Little Minister), dies
  • Jul 18 Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)
  • Jul 20 Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  • Jul 20 Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • Jul 22 Cy Kendall, actor (Mysteries of Chinatown), dies at 55
  • Jul 26 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • Jul 31 Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) "Mr Republican", dies in NY at 63
  • Aug 11 Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
  • Aug 13 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 15 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • Aug 17 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • Aug 22 Jim Tabor, American baseball player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 27 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 30 Dimitar Nenov, composer, dies at 51
  • Sep 1 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (b. 1866)
  • Sep 2 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  • Sep 5 Richard Walther Darré, Nazi politician, one of the leading 'blood and soil' ideologists (b. 1895)
  • Sep 12 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • Sep 12 Lewis Stone, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Sep 12 Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (b. 1884)
  • Sep 13 Lewis Stone, actor (Just This Once, Key to the City), dies at 73
  • Sep 15 Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies
  • Sep 16 Colin G Fink, US chemist (electro-chemistry), dies
  • Sep 17 Emil Ermatinger, Switz, literature critic, dies at 80
  • Sep 17 Henry Holden Huss, composer, dies at 91
  • Sep 18 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (b. 1927)
  • Sep 21 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 22 William Brann, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Sep 24 Berthold Viertel, writer, dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria poet (Iron Verses), dies
  • Sep 26 Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (b. 1895)
  • Sep 27 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist, dies at 72

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Sep 28 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • Oct 3 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Florence Sabin, American Physician, dies at 82
  • Oct 5 Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 6 Porter Hall, actor (Half-Breed, Double Indenity), dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • Oct 8 Nigel Bruce, actor (Son of Lassie, Spider Woman), dies at 58
  • Oct 13 Millard Mitchell, actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies at 50
  • Oct 18 Douwe Kalma, Fries literature/christian-socialist, dies at 57
  • Oct 18 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 20 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • Oct 24 Ernest Irving, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • Oct 29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • Oct 30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • Nov 4 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 6 John Parsons Beach, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 8 Iwan Bunin, writer, dies at 83
  • Nov 8 John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66

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Nov 9 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), dies of a heart attack at 78

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Nov 9 Dylan Thomas, author-poet (Adv in skin trade), dies in NY at 39
  • Nov 21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • Nov 22 Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Pakistani religious scholar and biographer of Muhammad (b. 1884)
  • Nov 24 George Alexander Russell, composer, dies at 73
  • Nov 24 Robert H Lightfoot, English theologist/exegetist, dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65
  • Nov 29 Alfons Fryland, Austrian actor (b. 1888)
  • Nov 29 Sam De Grasse, American actor (b. 1875)
  • Nov 29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • Dec 2 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 2 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • Dec 2 Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (b. 1884)
  • Dec 4 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jorge Negrete, Mexican singer and actor (b. 1911)
  • Dec 6 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  • Dec 15 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46

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Dec 19 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • Dec 19 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • Dec 20 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • Dec 25 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • Dec 27 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
  • Dec 29 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • Dec 31 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64